Aanval SAS Provides Valuable Technological Solutions to Elevate Threat Management Performance. See Why Aanval is the Most Comprehensive and Best Performing IDS.

#1 Question: How can organizations gain situational awareness to improve network visibility and overall security posture? 

Answer: New to Aanval SAS is our unique Situational Awareness engine that provides an in-depth event and architecture analysis of the host network. Let Aanval help build detailed summaries of your network’s security posture and current risks. View Situational Awareness Screenshot.

#2 Question: How can organizations successfully detect and react quickly to security events as well as reduce both alarms and false positives?

Answer: Aanval’s event validation engine automatically tags and filters events to help keep false positives from overpowering true risks, allowing analysts and engineers to focus and get back to protecting the network. View False Positive Protection Screenshot.

#3 Question: How can organizations effectively streamline IT operations, obtain greater efficiency, and reduce monitoring cost?

Answer: Aanval is a fully-integrated event management and attack data correlation engine. Aanval can successfully solve the daunting task of capturing, managing, and archiving an unlimited amount of real-time and historical events. This automated capability helps deliver accurate event correlation analyses and provides an efficient way to search and locate event data without losing valuable time. Aanval thus drives operational efficiency through the intelligent use of automation technology. View Event Correlation Screenshot.

#4 Question: How can organizations obtain scalability to handle any network environment?

Answer: Aanval is an enterprise-grade IDS solution created for all business sizes and has the unique technological capability to automatically scale to meet the needs of its environment. Aanval is build to scale from small single-sensor installations to global enterprise deployments. A major focus of Aanval is performance and scalability. Supporting millions and billions of Snort, Suricata, and Syslog events is fully automated and continues as long as storage space is available.

#5 Question: How can organizations leverage pen-testing tools to proactively detect vulnerabilities, identify rogue devices connected to the corporate network, and shore up overall defenses?

Answer: Aanval SAS takes advantage of Nmap, the industry’s most well-known and accomplished port scanning utility to perform both automated and on-request network reconnaissance. Aanval will identify host operating systems, services, and up/down state at the click of a mouse or completely automated. Network host availability, port, and service scanning as well as OS fingerprinting are now available directly within Aanval. Automated Rogue Host detection and alerting capabilities are also built-in to Aanval to help security analysts and network admins stay on top of these pesky little devices. Aanval keeps full logs of network hosts and reconnaissance results and uses this information within the its correlation engine to better represent valid events and limit false-positives. View Offensive Reconnaissance Screenshot.

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.

For nearly a decade, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has taken great pride in providing best-of-breed security solutions to every type of organization around the world. Our wide spectrum of customers demonstrates our sincere commitment to an industry that remains at the forefront of the digital evolution of the world. Information security is our business and our customers are our greatest asset. Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a trusted security vendor protecting more than 6,000 organizations within every industry in more than 100 countries. Our product Aanval® is the industry’s most comprehensive Suricata, Snort, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. Aanval is designed specifically to scale from small single-sensor installations to global enterprise deployments and can correlate event data and logs from hundreds of vendor products and solutions. Learn more about Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System) by visiting http://www.aanval.com.

Aanval is also available for download as a free Community edition for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download.

Tactical FLEX, Inc. to Host First Webinar in Bi-Monthly Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System) Webinar Series

Tactical FLEX, Inc., a global provider of information security, vulnerability, and risk management software solutions, today announced that it will host the first bi-monthly Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System) webinar series. The webinar series will cover live product demonstrations, product tours, and also feature security industry experts that will discuss topics of great interest to security professionals. Details of upcoming webinars and live demonstrations will be announced shortly.

This month’s webinar scheduled for May 22, 2013 at 12pm EDT is a 15-minute preview that will showcase five powerful Aanval SAS features designed to help organizations and their IT departments expand their security intelligence and network visibility. The five IDS features and offensive tools highlighted are:

» Situational Awareness™
» Offensive Reconnaissance™
» Rogue Host Detection
» False Positive Protection
» Real-time Geolocation Displays

For information and registration, please visit http://www.aanval.com/webinar and http://www.aanval.com/demo.

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.
For nearly a decade, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has taken great pride in providing best-of-breed security solutions to every type of organization around the world. Our wide spectrum of customers demonstrates our sincere commitment to an industry that remains at the forefront of the digital evolution of the world. Information security is our business, and our customers are our greatest asset. Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a trusted security vendor protecting more than 6,000 organizations within every industry in more than 100 countries. Our product Aanval® is the industry’s most comprehensive Suricata, Snort, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. Aanval is designed specifically to scale from small single-sensor installations to global enterprise deployments and can correlate event data and logs from hundreds of vendor products and solutions. Learn more about Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System) by visiting http://www.aanval.com.

Aanval is also available for download as a free Community edition for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download.

Enhancements to Aanval’s Tagging System

With the release of Aanval v7, Tagging was introduced to allow users to detail and personalize event data. Now, with Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System), Tagging has taken another large step. 

Tag Multiple Events
While users can still add multiple tags to an event while viewing its details, they can now quickly search and filter events and add multiple tags to multiple events on the new Tag Events display. 

Multiple Views
As an admin, want to know who’s tagging what and how often? Not a problem. You can visit Tag Management and click each available tag to find how often the tag has been used and in which datastores. You can also visit Frequent Tags under the Charts & Graphs option to view what tags have been used most frequently or infrequently. Additional charts help you visually understand tag usage, like pie and bars graphs.

Download Aanval and Use the Tagging System
If you haven’t downloaded Aanval yet, go to our download page to create a free account and download the package. Then head to our wiki for installation guides and our Getting Started guide for the all-new Tagging system!

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.
For nearly a decade, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has taken great pride in providing best-of-breed security solutions to every type of organization around the world. Our wide spectrum of customers demonstrates our sincere commitment to an industry that remains at the forefront of the digital evolution of the world. Information security is our business, and our customers are our greatest asset. Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a trusted security vendor protecting more than 6,000 organizations within every industry in more than 100 countries. Our product Aanval® is the industry’s most comprehensive Snort and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. Learn more about Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System) by visiting http://www.aanval.com.

Intrusion Detection FAQ: What are the Different Types of Front-end GUIs for Snort Intrusion Detection Systems? An Overview of Some Alternative Front-Ends.

There is a myriad of security technology, both open-source and commercial, available for monitoring an organization’s network for intrusions. An important part of an organization’s defense strategy is the ability to detect suspicious activities in order to prevent both internal and external threats as well as identify malicious attacks. Snort is a popular, successful, and the most widely deployed monitoring tool. Snort is a Network Intrusion Prevention System (NIPS) and Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS) capable of performing packet logging and real-time traffic analyses on IP networks. Snort is also valuable because it can detect attackers and malware as they move through the network. When coupled with a database and a web front-end, users can obtain insights into their network and apply the information to detect attacks and fortify their networks. Snort can be combined with other software to provide a visual representation of intrusion data.

Are you currently researching the different types of front-end GUIs for Snort IDS or looking for an alternative GUI for Snort? In this blog, we will introduce several popular Snort front-end GUIs. 

An Overview of GUIs for Snort IDS

Introduction to ACID
According to Dr. Nikolai Bezroukov, a well-known Senior Internet Security Analyst at BASF Corporation, “The Analysis Console for Intrusion Databases (ACID) is a rather slow PHP-based analysis engine to search and process the database of security events generated by Snort. It is mostly useful as a generic event viewing tool. ACID was written by Roman Danyliw in early 2000 as part of an abandoned in 2003 AIRCERT project at the CERT Coordination Center.” The features of ACID includes alert management, chart and statistics generation, packet viewer and query-builder, and search interface. ACID’s biggest limitation, however, is that it is not scalable beyond several thousand alerts and often produces numerous amounts of false positives. ACID is also very helpful in the analysis of traffic if only used on small- to medium-streams of alerts. As reported by Dr. Bezroukov, these important shortcomings does diminish ACID’s technology value.

Introduction to BASE
BASE is the Basic Analysis and Security Engine that is supported by a group of volunteers. It is an extremely simple web-based Snort console derived from the code from the Analysis Console for Intrusion Databases (ACID) project. This application provides a web front-end to query and analyze the alerts coming from a Snort IDS. BASE searches and processes databases containing security events logged by assorted network monitoring tools such as firewalls and IDS programs. It is written in the PHP programming language and displays information from a database as user-friendly web front-end. According to Snort.org, there were plans for a redesign of BASE, including the database format from which it reads, but Kevin Johnson, the original BASE project manager, has since left the project and turned the project over to new management.

Introduction to Snorby
Snorby is an open source network security monitoring interface scripted in Ruby on Rails. It is a front-end web application for any application that logs events in the Unified2 binary output format. Snorby now supports OpenFPC and integrates with intrusion detection systems like Snort, Suricata, and Sagan. The basic fundamental concept behind Snorby is simplicity. The project goal is to create a free, open source.

Introduction to SGUIL
The Analyst Console for Network Security Monitoring – Sguil is built by network security analysts for network security analysts. Sguil’s main component is an intuitive GUI that provides access to real-time events, session data, and raw packet captures. Sguil facilitates the practice of Network Security Monitoring and event driven analysis. The Sguil client is written in tcl/tk and can be run on any operating system that supports tcl/tk (including Linux, *BSD, Solaris, MacOS, and Win32).

Introduction to Aanval
OpenAanval was originally a very simple web front-end to monitor and browse Snort event data. It was the stand-alone free limited-version of the commercial Aanval console before it was finally integrated in 2005 and is the alternative to ACID as the front-end. Aanval was then publicly released in 2004 and is considered the longest running Snort interface under continuous development on the market today and the industry’s leading web-based GUI for Snort, Suricata, and Syslog intrusion detection, prevention, and correlation. The Aanval console system is specifically designed to scale from small single-sensor installations to global enterprise deployments. Since Aanval’s release in 2004, Aanval has evolved to address the world’s growing network security intrusion detection needs and demands. Over time, there has been an increasing need to keep up with the complexity of security issues, introduction of new security technologies, evolving cyber threats, and the requirements to comply with mandatory regulatory mandates. Equally increasing is the drive for security managers to find a capable Snort front-end GUI that can deliver effective threat management, event correlation, and advanced data analysis reporting. Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System), the latest version released by Tactical FLEX, Inc. is designed with a unique Situational Awareness engine that provides an in-depth event and architecture analysis of the host network, thus providing crucial network visibility and security intelligence. Aanval SAS is also equipped with a False Positive Protection event validation engine, real-time Live GeoLocation-based displays and powerful offensive tools utilizing Nmap that help shore up defenses and strengthen overall security posture. In addition to commercial Aanval, Aanval also continues to support the Snort community by providing users with a free community version of Aanval that allows full functionality of a single Snort and syslog sensor. Aanval SAS is available for download as a free Community edition for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download.

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.
For nearly a decade, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has taken great pride in providing best-of-breed security solutions to every type of organization around the world. Our wide spectrum of customers demonstrates our sincere commitment to an industry that remains at the forefront of the digital evolution of the world. Information security is our business, and our customers are our greatest asset. Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a trusted security vendor protecting more than 6,000 organizations within every industry in more than 100 countries. Our product Aanval® is the industry’s most comprehensive Snort and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. Learn more about Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System) by visiting http://www.aanval.com.

What Can Defenders Do to Strengthen Defenses? Why Situational Awareness is The Great IT Advantage You Can’t Afford to Lack.

Over 6,000 organizations around the globe use Aanval because it provides unparalleled oversights over the networks it protects. In today’s dangerous and evolving cyber battlefield, advanced threats are overpowering traditional security solutions. Additional network visibility and security intelligence are now required to efficiently detect network vulnerabilities and combat the full realm of sophisticated threats facing today’s enterprises. The alarming Verizon Study report that nearly 60% of data breach cases came to light after months or even years after their occurrences. The report also revealed that in 54% of cases, only 2% of those cyber attacks discovered the breach within a matter of hours. Within larger organizations, 39% discovered in months, 27% in days and 24% in weeks. In terms of data exfiltration, 38% of respondents were aware of this in minutes, while 25% were aware within days. More over, the study concluded that the number of breached records increased from 4 million to 174 million in a year, with 97% of them described as “avoidable.” It is pretty clear that cyber criminals are gaining an upper hand when their victims are “situationally unaware” that they have been compromised and further lack the crucial technology to proactively detect and combat cyber attacks. 

A second alarming new study also revealed that many hacked businesses remain unprepared for the next breach. The new Ponemon survey report finds three-fourths of hacked organizations either have had or expect to have a breach that loses them customers and business partners. 66% have, or expect to, suffer “serious” financial consequences in the wake of a breach. Why? Did they not shore up their defenses to hinder attackers or to prepare for the next attack? Not so. More than one-third of organizations hit by data breaches still have no formal plan or process in place to handle the next breach. Moreover, just one-fourth of respondents say that they have the ability to correct the cause of the breach and only 19% have advanced forensics in place to analyze the root cause of an attack. 

How Do You Know If Your Networks Haven’t Already Been Compromised? And, What Can You Do About It? 

Attackers unfortunately have full visibility of your IT environment, so too must you. To  successfully protect your organization, it is vital that you have visibility into all assets, operating systems, services, network behavior, applications, databases, websites, and protocols, as well as potential security threats and vulnerabilities. Organizations must dramatically deepen their knowledge of what is happening right now on their network. Most organizations are not aware when the systems in their networks are connecting to unknown servers and to malicious Websites, and without network visibility, they don’t know what they are up against. Without situational awareness, the overall big picture is missing and the security vulnerability posture cannot be monitored and measured accurately. Overall, it is vital that IT security departments be equipped with the right security solutions so that they can produce actionable information for making accurate decisions on the business operation and defense of the organization. For example, the unique Situational Awareness engine within Aanval provides an in-depth event and architecture analysis of the host network. Our unique Situational Awareness engine allows Security Analysts to quickly identify which specific devices, services, and approximate areas of the network are most at risk and which are more likely to be a problem in the future. Define devices, services, ports, and protocols supported within your network environment and let Aanval SAS help build detailed summaries of your network’s security posture and current risks. 

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.

For nearly a decade, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has taken great pride in providing best-of-breed security solutions to every type of organization around the world. Our wide spectrum of customers demonstrates our sincere commitment to an industry that remains at the forefront of the digital evolution of the world. Information security is our business, and our customers are our greatest asset. Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a trusted security vendor protecting more than 6,000 organizations within every industry in more than 100 countries. Our product Aanval® is the industry’s most comprehensive Snort and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. Learn more about Aanval SAS™ by visiting http://www.aanval.com

We invite you to visit our Industry Focus page at http://www.aanval.com/industry to find out how our products and services can aid securing your valuable assets and information.

Aanval® is also available for download as a free Community edition for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download. Let Aanval SAS™ turn your security event data into actionable and comprehensive insights.